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Sarah
Sjöström
SwedenSweden, SWE
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 August 1993
Height
182 cm
Weight
76 kg
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Swedish, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
She tried football and handball before she was introduced to swimming by one of her friends. She likes the individual nature of the sport.
Club / Team
Sodertorn Simsallskap: Haninge, SWE
Name of coach
Johan Wallberg [personal], SWE, from 2016
Training Regime
She trains for eight sessions a week, averaging five kilometres a session. She also does two gym session and one Pilates session a week.

General Interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, drinking coffee, climbing. (swimswam.com, 19 Sep 2017; simlandslaget.se, 09 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (simlandslaget.se, 09 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She had tonsillitis in the month leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (aftonbladet.se, 21 Nov 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't limit your challenge, challenge your limit." (sjostromsarah.se, 07 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Female Swimmer at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 04 Oct 2017)

She was named Swedish Sportswoman of the Year in 2015 and 2016. (swimswam.com, 17 Jan 2017)

She was presented with Sweden's Jerring Sports Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. (sarahsjostrom.se, 13 Aug 2016; swimswam.com, 20 Jan 2015)

She was named the 2015 European Swimmer of the Year. (allas.se, 18 Aug 2016)

She was named Swedish Female Swimmer of the Year in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (sarahsjostrom.se, 13 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fina.org, 29 Jul 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She became Sweden's first female Olympic swimming champion with her victory in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Aug 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is an ambassador for Project Playground, a Swedish non-profit organisation aimed at increasing opportunities for children and young people through organised activity, sports and social activities. (expressen.se, 27 Nov 2016)